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Ask Amy: New neighbors endanger their children

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I ended up finding the mother curled in a bedroom corner with the second daughter.

After finally waking her, she said that she had the stomach flu and couldn't handle the children.

I offered to bring the girls to my house so she could clean herself up. She refused.

I left the room, but stayed close by in case she took me up on my offer.

I did call her husband and he thanked me for my concern.

The husband has also been visibly drunk in front of the house.


What do I do now? Should I call social services?

I am very concerned for the children's well-being.

– A Concerned Neighbor

Dear Concerned: You were kind to intervene. But you should have called the police immediately upon finding this little girl, naked and crying in the street.


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